Excellence in Public Service Awards: Call for Applications

We are now accepting applications for the MIT Department of Urban
Studies and Planning "Excellence in Public Service Awards."  Deadline:
May 15, 2015.

Purpose.  In 1999, DUSP established the Fund for Excellence in Public
Service to raise funds to assist and encourage graduates from the
Master in City Planning (MCP) program who choose to pursue public
service careers.  The Excellence in Public Service Awards, as the
Fund’s first initiative, is designed to advance three purposes:

Alan Berger at World Economic Forum

Professor Alan Berger recently attended the World Economic Forum, where he presented his ideas on the holistic city.  In the video below, Berger explains that we need to start thinking differently about urban growth, and design innovative cities that use ecological processes to clean and reuse waste water, so we can grow more food for the future.

[credit: World Economic Forum]

CAU discusses "Future of Suburbia"

On 13-14th March, the CAU hosted a “think tank” design charrette on The Future of Suburbia – the Center’s biennial theme. The workshop marks the half-way point in the biennial theme, which will culminate in spring 2016 with a major conference, exhibition, and publication. A number of lectures, courses, design charrettes and other events are also being held through the spring of 2016 in support of the theme.

"Olympian struggles for affordable housing"

Drawing on examples from Atlanta and Rio de Janeiro, a recent article in Places by DUSP Professor Larry Vale and (now-former) MCP student Annemarie Gray discusses the "design politics" of urban planning and development in Olympic host-cities, noting

"Photographing Places” at MIT Museum

“Photographing Places,” a new show at the MIT Museum, is a comprehensive exhibition of photography that appeared in the environmental design journal Places from 1987-2009. Contemporary photographic practice was presented in Places through an innovative series of picture portfolios. The twenty-one American and European photographers whose work appears in this exhibition consider a wide variety of topics related to how place is created, perceived and experienced.

Preemptive Design

Miho Mazereeuw is the founder of the Urban Risk Lab. She designs buildings and cities in anticipation of disasters. “Working in a field that has traditionally been the domain of emergency managers and engineers, we bring preemptive design and community engagement into the risk-reduction equation,” she says.

An architect, landscape architect, and assistant professor of architecture and urbanism, Mazereeuw’s lab has a rapidly growing list of projects across the globe. Current projects take her to Haiti, India, Peru, and Japan — all sites vulnerable to earthquakes and floods. 

MIT Community Innovators Lab Releases 2013-2014 Annual Report

Learn more about the work and activities of the MIT Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) its most recent annual report.   CoLab, a center for planning and development within DUSP, supports the development and use of knowledge from excluded communities to deepen civic engagement, improve community practice, inform policy, mobilize community assets, and generate shared wealth.